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July 22, 2009 / Brooklyn news / Politics / Election Coverage

Marty’s campaign tries to knock rival off the ballot

The Brooklyn Paper

Borough President Markowitz is a shoo-in for a third term — yet the powerful beep isn’t taking any chances, moving this week to knock his virtually unknown Democratic challenger off the ballot.

The challenger, Eugene Myrick, handed in just a few dozen more signatures than the 4,000 needed to secure a spot on the Sept. 15 primary ballot. Typically, candidates submit twice as many signatures as required in order to ward off challenges to the validity of the John Hancocks.

Three people — one of them, Debra Kresh-Garcia, a close ally of Markowitz — filed general objections to Myrick’s signatures hours after he handed them in last week.

Kresh-Garcia is the director of Markowitz’s annual Seaside Summer Concert Series and a contributor to Markowitz’s re-election, having sent a $175 check to the campaign earlier this year. After several calls and e-mail seeking comment, Kresh-Garcia wrote back only, “No comment.”

Markowitz’s re-election office did not offer a comment either.

“It’s ridiculous that someone would challenge a virtually unknown newcomer,” said Myrick. “Why not let the democratic process play itself out with campaigning, debates and allowing the people to vote. What are they afraid of?”

Myrick wondered why Markowitz would bother to challenge his candidacy, given that it has received virtually no notice so far and he has not emerged as a legitimate threat to Markowitz’s expected landslide. Indeed, after the City Council repealed the two-term limit earlier this year, several better-known borough-presidential hopefuls immediately withdrew rather than challenge the popular Markowitz.

The Markowitz campaign is merely “trying to prevent me from focusing on campaigning,” said Myrick, who publishes “Chocolate Brides Magazine” with his wife, radio personality Kesha Monk.

And when he’s campaigning, the 37-year-old political neophyte is talking about a few key issues:

• Atlantic Yards — he’s against it (unlike Markowitz).

• Gay marriage — he’s for it (but so is Markowitz).

• Education — “The current Department of Education continues to place numbers and statistics over students,” he said.

• Ending the police department’s “stop and frisk” policy.

• Kicking butt — “Making phone calls and writing letters are not enough to interest elected officials with the issues they are supposed to address,” he wrote on his campaign Web site. “If our politicians are not willing to do their jobs, then it’s time for us to take these jobs from them.”

Markowitz’s campaign says it handed in close to 78,000 signatures. Kresh-Garcia and the two other challengers — Sandra Purpura and former NYPD Intelligence Division Commander of Detectives Caliph Mathis — have until Monday to file a specific challenge to Myrick’s signatures. If they don’t, Myrick will likely get on the ballot, said a spokeswoman for the Board of Elections.

Mathis did not return calls. Purpura could not be reached.

If Myrick does the unexpected — retain a place on the ballot and then beat Markowitz — he would face Republican Marc D’Ottavio in the general election in November.

Updated 4:37 pm, July 23, 2009: Story was updated to include a "No comment" from Kresh-Garcia.
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Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
Ok, Mr. "Porch-wine drinking, Brooklyn Bridge selling, Pretend Cyclone rider, Sound nuisance potato shaped Amphitheater proponent, Atlantic Yards crappy giveaway, Non-profit programs out of my office, Bozo the Beep" I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN! EVER! NEVER! EVER! NEVER-EVER! I would write in Sarah Palin before I would even consider pulling the lever under your name. (I won't write her in, just sayin')
July 22, 2009, 6:09 pm
Bob from greenpoint says:
One think you totally forgotten he is a big “comedian” and an expert in "cutting ribbons" all day that’s a very responsible city job..........YHA.....
July 22, 2009, 6:48 pm
Forth Estate from DUMBO says:
Ok, Mr. "Porch-wine drinking, Brooklyn Bridge selling, Pretend Cyclone rider, Sound nuisance potato shaped Amphitheater proponent, Atlantic Yards crappy giveaway, Non-profit programs out of my office, Fifth rate comedian, Einstein of Ribbon Cutting, Bozo the Beep" I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN! EVER! NEVER! EVER! NEVER-EVER! I would write in Sarah Palin before I would even consider pulling the lever under your name. (I won't write her in, just sayin')

Thanks, feel free all to copy, add, and paste!
July 22, 2009, 7:16 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
And SHAME ON YOU Brooklyn Paper, for calling this person a 'shoo-in'. Where do you get your data? Did you conduct Polls? Have you interviewed anyone? Or, as usual, you only write what sounds nice and jolly. Perhaps you should go back to reporting from other countries, but then again, how are any of us to know those 'articles' (ads) were remotely accurate. OBVIOUSLY, Mr. 'Crookland' is scared of something to be attempting to knock off an unknown from the ballot.
July 22, 2009, 7:38 pm
Rocky from South Brooklyn says:
Speaking of Marty, his name hasn't surfaced in print after the Prospect Park trash debacle. He's always yapping about this that and the other thing, why has he been officially silent on this?
July 22, 2009, 9:04 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
Perhaps he knows that when he talks, only garbage comes out, so I guess he didn't want to add to the tension.
July 22, 2009, 9:30 pm
jerry from coney island says:
Borough President Marty Markowitz : As they say in Gaelic : Your are a putz! I'd vote for anyone but you come this November, you selfserving loud & obnoxiopus political Hack.
July 23, 2009, 10:18 am
Ace from New Utrecht says:
No more sellouts! Marty must Go!
July 23, 2009, 1:41 pm
Jabir Ibn Hayyan from Park Slope says:
Anyone but Marty.
July 24, 2009, 12:36 am
Mike from Carroll Gardens says:
I have known Marty and he does not deserve your trash talk. I'll vote for him and so will my friends. He'll be elected again (Without your votes).
July 24, 2009, 10:12 am
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
Yes, Mike, from Carroll Gardens, just about the only place in Brooklyn that Marty has yet to piss off. Vote for him, it is your right, but many in other parts of Brooklyn are waiting to give Marty the pink slip.
July 24, 2009, 6:58 pm
charlie from flatbush says:
the only people marty's pissed off is the poser whiny white people who moved here like two years and act like they own brooklyn. i talking about the less 100,000 artsy fartsy members of intelligentsia living in a sliver of brooklyn known as the brownstone belt. in a county of 2.5 million people, they don't really count much except on blogs and in their own minds.
July 25, 2009, 4:35 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
Charlie from flatbush-

I have lived here for 32 years, and I am not what a racist like yourself would call 'white'. not an artist, and not a member of the 'intelligentsia'. I have seen corruption in Brooklyn probably before you could even say 'I can potty', and see Marty as corrupt as them all. What's your point again?
July 26, 2009, 9:29 am
Charles from PS says:
Hey Charlie,

I have lived here for 37 years and I wouldn't vote for Mr. Markowitz if my life depended on it. This man has helped to facilitate the biggest underhanded selloff of the middle class' wealth in Brooklyn to richer third parties. I am disguisted everytime I see him represent my home, Brooklyn.

Furthermore, and although they maybe different than those of us born in 1970s NYC, the artsy fartsy members of intelligentsia living in a sliver of brooklyn vote, and 100,000 votes in Brookyn talk plenty.
July 27, 2009, 10:43 pm
Ghost Writer says:
New News Have you heard, New news from within. True leader! 52 assembly District leader has been faking signatures on republication petition. Can you believe it? These petitions were carrying the District Attorney of Brooklyn as a candidate. What is going on with these City, I am starting not to even say I'm from this great city we all call home! I feel Washington should jump into all these problems and take control? What do you feel? Our forefathers fought endlessly for these rights to even run for officer and have people who represent other people. What are we telling our children, that it's ok to rob other peoples work, or cheat to get where we want to be. I will not stand for this and you shouldn't either. I am the Ghost Writer, my work is 100% true and From very good sources. I ask you all to speak out, you are the one in control. Ghost Writer out.

"""" That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. """ From The Declaration of Independence
July 30, 2009, 8:28 am

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